Judy Moler, Chapter President
The new year for the League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee County marches on with so
many activities and so many ideas to be acted upon.
The State League Convention was a high point in April. The speakers were outstanding. There was
a welcome by USD 501 School Board President Patrick Woods. Bob Eye, an attorney on the ACLU Board of Directors, gave us an update on lawsuits and potential lawsuits that are a cooperative effort by the ACLU and the State League. The message was loud and clear, "We are a team on fighting for voting rights in Kansas." Kim Lauth from the LWVUS and a liaison to the Kansas League was the lunch speaker. Her message was one of change and moving forward. She was a breath of fresh air!!!
The final speaker was Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of USD 501. This woman has so much energy and many innovative ideas, she is amazing. Her own history of working with children in poverty through the school system and her plans for USD 501 were invigorating.
There were 14 members from our League in attendance at the conference. Our own Marge Ahrens completed her 2 years as President of the State Board at this meeting. Serving on the 2017-2019 State League Board will be Jacqueline Lightcap and Gwen Elliott from our League.
Despite the rainy, dreary weather, it was an uplifting day.
Mayor Larry Wolgast was our May Tuesday Topics speaker. He gave an overview of Topeka:
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Mayor Wolgast will not be running for Mayor again. He will be missed. One take away from the talk was his message on economic development, and its consistency with our own position on Economic Development. I would like to think he heard/read our JEDO position and that helped move the action in this direction.
I want to remind you that our Tuesday Topics in June will be held at the University United Methodist Church, 1621 SW College Ave. The Library will be using "our" space in June for their summer reading program. The cost of the lunch at the church will be $10.00. Our speaker will be Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship here in Topeka. Sarah is intensely involved in social justice in our community.
There will be no July Tuesday Topics as that is July 4. We will resume meeting again at the Library in August. Thank you all for being flexible and attending these worthwhile Tuesday Topics.
Thank you, once again, for all you do to advance the dialogue in Topeka and Shawnee County.
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